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Getting Here

Plan your journey to Stratford-upon-Avon

Stratford-upon-Avon is nestled in the historic heart of England and is easily accessible by road and by rail for short trips or longer stays. 

The information provided here is for guidance only. We recommend visiting the Stratford-on-Avon District Council website for the latest updates before planning your journey.

Roadworks to improve the Birmingham Road on the stretch between Arden Street and Windsor Street are currently taking place, which is causing some traffic delays. The works are expected to continue until early December. Please allow plenty of time to travel to Shakespeare's Birthplace during this period of time. Please check the Stratford-on-Avon District Council website for road closure updates

Shakespeare's Family Homes

Sat Nav References:

Shakespeare's Birthplace - CV37 6QW 
Hall's Croft - CV37 6BG (currently closed)
Anne Hathaway's Cottage - CV37 9HH  (currently closed)
Mary Arden's Farm - CV37 9UN (currently closed)
Shakespeare's New Place - CV37 6EP (currently closed)

> Download a Visitor Map

On Foot

Shakespeare's Birthplace, Shakespeare's New Place and Hall's Croft are all within easy distance of each in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre. 

Anne Hathaway's Cottage can be reached via a pleasant 20-25 minute walk from the town centre.

By car

Stratford-upon-Avon is a short drive from junction 15 of the M40, close to the M42 and M6 motorway networks. The town can be reached by road from London in under 2 hours. 

There are a number of pay and display car parks in Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, as well as a Park & Ride, which is signposted from the A46. 

There is a pay and display car park a short walk from Anne Hathaway's Cottage, in Cottage Lane, Shottery, CV37 9HH.

Find out more about blue badge parking.

Local Buses

Visit the Warwickshire County Council website for information about local bus routes around Stratford-upon-Avon and the surrounding towns.

By coach

Stratford-upon-Avon is easy to reach by coach with regular National Express services providing good value travel between all major towns and cities in Europe.

Shakespeare’s Birthplace
Coaches are permitted to drop off and pick up visitors from the Windsor Street coach park, just one minute's walk from the ticket desk at the Shakespeare Centre. Coaches are then requested to wait at the Stratford Leisure Centre coach park until collection of their group.

Shakespeare's New Place & Hall’s Croft
Coaches are permitted to drop off groups in front of the property, but must then wait at the Stratford Leisure Centre coach park until collection.

Anne Hathaway’s Cottage & Mary Arden’s Farm
Free coach parking is available on site.

By train

National rail services run to Stratford-upon-Avon train station, which is a comfortable ten minute walk from the town centre. Visit National Rail Enquiries to plan your journey and download useful information to help you find your way into town [PDF] from Stratford-upon-Avon station.

West Midlands Railway offers a frequent and fast service from major cities including Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton to Stratford-upon-Avon. Visit West Midlands Railway to book tickets.

There are regular train services covering the short journey between Stratford-upon-Avon and Wilmcote, which is just a 4 minute walk from Mary Arden's Farm. 

Map of the Houses


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